Köln – Mainz 05
Köln hosts Mainz 05 in a match from the final 34th round of the German Bundesliga.
Köln is really close to qualifying for the next edition of the Europa League. They are currently 7th in the standings, but being on just two points behind the 6th Freiburg. Taking into account that Freiburg is ending their campaign with a visit to Bayern Munich, there’s a huge chance for Köln to reach the European competition.But if they want to do it, they must beat Mainz 05 at any cost.Mainz, on the other hand, are already safe from relegation, so they could end their season more relaxed than usual. If they manage to beat Köln, they could eventually overtake Bayer Leverkusen and end their season at 12th place. But if they lose, they could end the campaign even at 15th position.In terms of current form, both teams are inconsistent lately. Köln won just one of their last five matches – against Werder. In the last round, they won a point at Bay Arena, ending their visit to Bayer Leverkusen with a 2-2 draw.
As for Mainz 05, they won their last game against Eintracht Frankfurt, but before that, they had a run of three consecutive matches without a win.Köln can use once again the recovered Marcel Risse, while Pawel Olkowski and Sehrou Guirassy remain doubtful for the last game of the season.
As for Mainz 05, the away team will be without the suspended Pablo De Blasis. Florian Müller is still injured, while Alexander Hack, Marin Sverko, Gaetan Bussman and Emil Berggreen are still recovering from injuries.
We should agree that this match is much more important for Köln than it is for Mainz. The home team has to win if they want to have a chance to reach Europa League. As for Mainz, they already survived this season.